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Late on this week's page due to ART SHOW!  New page will post on Thursday.


Monday, October 26th 2009 - This year has been a good one for putting my art on the wall.  I was in two comic-related shows last spring, courtesy of the Boston Comics Roundtable, but as they say, good things come in threes.  Today, I hung my first solo art show since my senior exhibition in college.  Okay, it's at my local bank, but I'm still pretty excited about it.  I spent the last week preparing fifteen pieces -  twelve original pages and three color prints - for the exhibit, and finally learned how to use my matte cutter. 

If you happen to be anywhere near Boston's North Shore, consider a trek down to the Beverly Cooperative Bank on Cabot Street sometime between now and December 7th.  Aside from the art and friendly bank managers, you can grab some great coffee across the street, or sushi next door for your trouble.  Or, heck, email me, and I'd be happy to give you a tour.

Unfortunately, turning my studio (and guest room and spare office) into a framing shop ate up all my time this week, so the next page will be a couple days late.  Look for it on Thursday.

Also, thank you to everyone who's helped so far with a the Pre-Order project!  We're over a third of the way there, now.  Your support will make printing Part Three so much easier.  Thanks, again!

More Thursday! 

Ian Morrison (starstriker) says:

And there we have it, Xiang is a good guy for certain.

Feds are gone, everyone but Newman (that is newman, right?) is incapacitated and doesn't remember what happened, and it looks like hospitalizations are in order.

Damnit, now I want next tuesday to come.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ay.
Ed Paradis (zudarkness) says: This makes next tuesday even better
mellyrn (mellyrn) says: Newburg was in the break room getting coffee; one of the other cops was behind the break-room door when the Feds burst in.  Newburg might have been seen.  I've been hoping that the other guy got overlooked in the fracas.
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says:

YAY!  More print!

 Can't wait! 

Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says:

Will you guys hate me if next week's page is a tad late?  I've spent all week getting an art show together (matting, framing, writing an artist's statement), and I'm off to DC for the weekend tomorrow.  There's enough time left to get a page finished in there.  I will try my best, though.

Also!  Thanks to everyone who's pre-ordered Part Three so far! It's a huge help, you have no idea. 

Bird Sm (newgirl) says:

noooo, is this it?! just spent the last three hours reading the whole story - knew i'd get to the end eventually but i sure did hope it wouldn't be anytime soon.

roll on next ad..!

Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: There's just a little more.  Three more weeks for this storyline.
Ayla Barber (creaturegirl) says:

Wow! I knew comic panels in their raw form are big but dang!!! What kind of scanner do you use and where do you buy the paper from?

 Are you by any chance going to go to SanDiego ComiCon when it comes around again next year? Maybe I'll be able to check out your booth if you are. The only thing that would stop me is the confusing layout they have there. >.>

 It doesn't matter where you have an art show, your always excited to see your art up and framed. That reminds me, I need to get some of my own projects and frames taken care of. Keep up the good work.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: So that's what you look like!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: @Ayla - Dirk's SDCC table is easy to find - just head to the back wall through door B, grab the first drooling fanboy you find there, and ask where he saw the Playboy chick with the giant gazongas. Dirk's table is in that row about three tables down. :-) Seriously, if you can't find him next year, stop by the GRT desk (lobby D near the Professional registration) and ask for me. They can phone me and I'll get you to Dirk's table.
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says:

Ayla-- Yeah, I generally do the original artwork at 11"x17".  I just have a normal 8x5"x11" sized scanner, but scan in each page in three sections and stitch them together in Photoshop.  It's a little extra work, but only marginally so.  I've been doing it since the first page of the first book, so I've had 10 years to get a system down.  That, and the current version of Photoshop will stitch images automatically, now, but I only use for pencils and layout.  I still stitch the inks by hand.

Honestly, I know that going all digita would be a much faster way of doing comics these days, but I really like having some real inked artwork for each page, precisely because I've wanted to do an art show at some point.  I may modify my process when I start on the next story, but I will finish this one out the way I started.

Ayla Barber (creaturegirl) says:

Dirk~ Thanks. I'll remember that! I guess I really should invest in photoshop then. I've done a couple of comics, but they were experimental and primitively done at best. But I think that last tidbit of info is what I finally needed to know what to do when I get started again. Currently I'm doing a 25 pg long "practice" comic which just so happens to involve lycanthropy. ^.^ It needs tweaking but a great improvement from the other attempts by far. I have more than half sketched out now.

I think it's a good idea that you keep inking it by hand. Personally I always find it more fulfilling when you see your art inked and in your hands than on a computer screen. When in doubt you can always do a test run to see whether it feels like it will work out or not. Whatever feels most comfortable for you. 


Thanks for the advice. And thanks I'll remember that Tiff! There's nothing quite like talking with the artists behind the comics you enjoy reading in person. It makes me all the happier that I registered for tickets already. Next year is going to be busier than ever!

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Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago, and has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember. ... full profile